The original Scooby Doo where are you series ran episodes for only 2 years. it was on television, from 1969-1971. Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Freddie, and Velma have continued however to wow fans, in various forms now for 45 years. There has been Whats New Scooby Doo, a show with Scooby’s cousin Scrappy Doo, and a series where celebrities voiced cartoon versions of themselves.
According to Wikia, Scooby Doo was a collaboration between Hanna- Barbera and CBS, to appease parents who protested the violence in super hero cartoons. Truthfully, there is violence in the Scooby cartoons, but the tone of the show is so humorous that I guess we overlooked it.
There are Scooby Doo movies both animated, and with real people. When my daughter was very young, we watched A pup named Scooby Doo together. I enjoyed Scooby and the gang with my brothers, my children and now my grand children. The consensus seems to be that Scooby Doo where are you is the favorite, especially the theme song. That drum role which leads to the music is classic.
The first season theme song was written and performed by David Mook, and Ben Raliegh. During 1970-1971 Danny Janssen sings the song. In the original version after the line, “And Scooby Doo if you come thru you’re gonna have yourself a Scooby snack”, ” Mook adds, “That’s a fact.” Than line is omitted in Janssen’s version. Even so I find myself adding it each time I hear the season 2 version.
It was during this second season, that music was played during chase scenes. Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts ae the unsung heros who wrote and recorded the memorable tunes, Sue Stewart is the female voice heard on Tell me tell me, and I can make you happy.
I often wondered why an album of this music was not put together, because I loved each and every song. I am thankful there is a website where all the songs are listed. Janssen and Roberts wrote some really great tunes.
If you listen carefully each song is geared towards the chase scene where it is sung. I love that unique sound of the early 70’s, pop music. Thanks to the Internet, Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts music will help baby boomers remember one of our favorite childhood cartoons.